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Cui storms to maiden British F4 win in reversed-grid race at Snetterton

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Yuanpu Cui claims his maiden British Formula 4 victory with a dominant performance in the reversed-grid race at Snetterton.

The Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior snatched the race lead from Leo Robinson off the line and was unstoppable from that point onwards. At one point he had a lead of over five seconds to Mika Abrahams, only for a safety car period caused by Zack Scoular crashing out to draw him back in.

Cui got the perfect restart to again extend his lead while Abrahams and Bart Harrison batlted for second, and met the chequered flag with 2.122s in hand.

The fight to be runner-up had a dramatic end as both Abrahams and Harrison ran into trouble in the race’s closing stages.

After a strong drive up through the order, Alex Ninovic had been in the battle with them, along with Robinson and James Higgins too. A wide moment sent him to the back of the group and the top three began to spread out a little. After the safety car period there was only two minutes left of racing, and Harrison and Jack Sherwood immediately attacked Abrahams.

Sherwood got the best restart of the trio, and a sideway moment for Harrison hindered his progress. Abrahams managed to hold second until a spin dropped him down the order, with Harrison also falling backwards. That meant Sherwood ended up as the race runner-up, just ahead of Deagan Fairclough who took the fastest lap of the race.

Ninovic climbed back up to fourth by the finish, aided by a spin for Ella Lloyd behind the safety car. Abbi Pulling was fifth, just ahead of Joel Bergstrom and Robinson, and Lloyd came home ninth.

Race results (9 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Yuanpu Cui Argenti Motorsport 21m36.160s
2 Jack Sherwood Rodin Motorsport +2.122s
3 Deagen Fairclough Hitech GP +3.023s
4 Alex Ninovic Rodin Motorsport +5.516s
5 Abbi Pulling Rodin Motorsport +8.221s
6 Joel Bergstrom JHR Developments +8.404s
7 Leo Robinson JHR Developments +9.573s
8 Kai Daryanani Fortec Motorsports +11.636s
9 Ella Lloyd JHR Developments +12.803s
10 Reza Seewooruthun Hitech GP +12.838s
11 Maxwell Dodds Virtuosi Racing +13.180s
12 Rowan Campbell-Pilling Argenti Motorsport +14.988s
13 Nina Pothof Fortec Motorsports +15.273s
14 Yuhao Fu Virtuosi Racing +15.391s
15 August Raber Xcel Motorsport +16.168s
16 James Higgins Rodin Motorsport +16.661s
17 Martin Molnar Virtuosi Racing +16.893s
18 Chloe Chong JHR Developments +19.457s
19 Bart Harrison Chris Dittmann Racing +27.798s
20 Alex Berg Fortec Motorsports +39.334s
21 Mika Abrahams Hitech GP +2 laps
Ret Zack Scoular Xcel Motorsport
Fastest lap: Fairclough, 2m08.926s

Championship standings
1 Fairclough 139   2 Ninovic 92   3 Higgins 85   4 Sherwood 72   5 Pulling 53   6 Seewooruthun 48   7 Abrahams 47   8 Cui 47   9 Campbell-Pilling 22   10 Bergstrom 22